Megan Keeling

Megan Keeling

3D DesignerStoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Megan Keeling

Megan Keeling

3D DesignerStoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a third year 3D Designer Maker student at Staffordshire University. My specialism is ceramics and I use both household and industrial waste to add texture to my work.
Projects
  • Bone china table lamp 2021
    Bone china table lamp 2021As part of my experiments with waste materials, I added waste metal into ceramics to see the texture created once fired. I was so excited when they came out of the kiln as the texture was still beautiful but completely different to the fragile texture create by food waste. Unlike with my food waste lighting, metal waste doesn’t allow light to shine through once fired, which is why I used Bone China for this lamp.
  • Waste pendant light 2021
    Waste pendant light 2021Progressing into lighting from my existing texture experiments was an exciting step to take at the start of this year. I was unsure if any light would shine through the textures created by placing food waste into earthenware during casting, but I was so happy to see it did! I did experiment with porcelain and bone china too but achieved the desired effect in earthenware, something which I’m really happy about.
  • Marks and Spencer 2020/21
    Marks and Spencer 2020/21I’ve always known that I’d like to take a more sustainable approach to my work. After reading the brief and seeing that M&S wanted to update their “decorative hand-writing without the use of decals within hard accessories through the exploration of different techniques/substrates and applications.” I knew I could use this as an opportunity to start being more sustainable in my work. These pictures show my exploration into combustibles by adding pulses, flowers, herbs and other similar materials
  • Wedgwood Live Project 2019
    Wedgwood Live Project 2019From the Wedgwood live brief, I chose to do lighting: "Create a one of a kind, or a collection of interior lighting pieces that allow for bespoke customisation." I designed an interchangeable pendant light, made up of two jasperware components. In the larger component, I hand cut Wedgwoods magnolia pattern into the cast, whilst the smaller component had a jasper waste rim, making use of Wedgwood factory waste. This was my first use of waste materials, and the starting point of using waste materi
  • Objects of Desire 2019
    Objects of Desire 2019This was my second project of first year. The purpose of it was to marry two materials together. I chose ceramic and metal. During making, I made my first six part mould, including a ribbed texture inside, to cast the jug from as well as how to stain earthenware slip.
  • QR code project 2018
    QR code project 2018The emphasis of our first project of first year at university was skill, precision and experimentation. We generated our own QR code linked to our social media page and used it as a starting point to inspire our making. These images show two ceramic vessels, their texture inspired by my QR code and etched by hand into the mould before casting.
Work history
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    Sales assistantNext PLC
    Stoke-on-Trent, United KingdomPart Time
Skills
  • Casting
  • Mould Making
  • Indesign
  • Customer Service
Education
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    BA (Hons) 3D Design: Designer MakerStaffordshire University
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Awards
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    Valentine Clays - Award for Excellence 2021 1st PrizeValentine Clays
    I won this award for my degree show work. The prize is a stand at Art in Clay fully sponsored by Valentine Clays.
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    Potclays Graduate Award 2021Potclays
    This was awarded to me by the directors of Potclays for my work exhibited in my final year degree show.